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A strong majority of residents in Los Angeles say they’d support Mayor Eric Garcetti if he chose to run for president, according to a survey by the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University.

The question was asked of Angelenos as part of a wide-ranging survey conducted by the center’s researchers in July. Of those who responded, 63 percent said they would be “strongly supportive” or “somewhat supportive” of Garcetti launching a bid for the White House.

“At least in his home town, Mayor Garcetti polls strongly as a potential candidate for president,” said Fernando Guerra, director of the center and a professor of Political Science and Chicana/o Studies. “Naturally, it’s far too soon to tell what kind of support that could translate into outside of Los Angeles. But as of today, he’d have L.A.’s backing.”

Recent news reports have speculated that Garcetti may be considering a run in the 2020 presidential election. Last month, he attended a fundraiser and gave a speech in New Hampshire, the first state to hold a presidential primary. He has also appeared at Democratic Party events in Wisconsin and the Center for American Progress’s Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C.

The survey culled opinions from 914 respondents throughout Los Angeles County. Support for a hypothetical Garcetti presidential campaign was strongest among Latinos (73 percent), voters aged 30-44 (69 percent), and those earning less than $40,000 a year (74 percent).

The only demographic groups mostly opposed to the idea were those with advanced graduate degrees or those earning more than $100,000 annually. Even among residents who self-identified as “conservative,” 51 percent surveyed said they backed the idea of a Garcetti candidacy.

The full report can be found here.